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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8)

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There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem
Mass Market Paperback, 479 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Roc (first published February 1st 2006)
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Jaan Sõmermaa I mean Dresden himself yet does not know in this book. The Black Council as an entity to fight only really starts to play a bigger role in the end of…moreI mean Dresden himself yet does not know in this book. The Black Council as an entity to fight only really starts to play a bigger role in the end of this book. Later books expand on this. Though a full explanation has yet to reveal itself. (less)
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David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
If the charge is writing one of the best Harry Dresden novels yet, then Jim Butcher has just been Proven Guilty!

As a practicing wizard, Harry Dresden has always been troubled by the methods of his bosses in the White Council. But since becoming a Warden and witnessing the Council's methods he's outright disgusted by them! When someone is caught practicing black magic, rather then considering rehabilitation for the practitioner, the Council prefers to simply cut the dark wizard of
Lindsey Rey
Sep 10, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Amazing start, even-more-amazing finish, but it definitely got dull in the middle so I couldn't give it a full 5 stars.
Deborah Markus
Dec 31, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 Super-Quick, New-Year's-Eve-And-I-Have-To-Finish-This-Year's-Reading-Challenge Reasons I Finally Gave A Harry Dresden Novel Five Flippin' Stars

1. Harry eased way the heck up on the two things that always make me roll my eyes in Dresden File novels: the obligatory "People don't believe in the supernatural these days" speech (yeah, that happened), and the "Women are different from men and I'm a way nice guy for being extra-protective of women" scene.

2. I was genuinely spooked by one scene, and t
May 22, 2015 Luffy rated it it was ok
Well, well, well. My, my, my. This book illustrates perfectly why I'm safe from being a die hard fan of any author. I don't have a shred of loyalty towards my favorite authors, and I wear that attitude like a badge of honor. Most of the Dresden books I've read so far have scored well. Because of that, I believe that Jim Butcher doesn't need to punch above his weight to write a damn good book. He is frighteningly talented. So what happened here?

I'm not alone in finding Proven Guilty a mediocre
William Thomas
Jim Butcher is a creep. And not the cool kind of creep like Bukowski that you romanticize, but like Ezra from 'Pretty Little Liars' kind of creep. Seriously, Butcher, I'm not putting this one on Harry. The last few pages of this book made my skin crawl. Sexualizing an underage character and Harry blatantly lusting after her and beating himself up over it and trying to moralize it is just... awful. But like I said, this isn't Harry. This is some weird thing Jim Butcher has going on in his head. ...more
Sep 27, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

I love Harry Dresden and I love this series but this book felt like a bit of a filler. It didn't seem to move the overall story along very much and nothing new about Harry himself was revealed. The war against the Red Court of vampires and the White Council of wizards is still raging but it's mostly happening in the background and Harry is only peripherally involved. Instead Harry, now a Warden, is involved in tracking down whoever is using black magic to terrify and hurt people attending a horr
Another great edition in this series. I'm terrible at writing reviews of in-progress series books, and I think I'm running out of ways to say that I love Harry Dresden, because I just finished this book and I'm completely at a loss as to what the heck to say about it.

Except that I love Harry Dresden. But we knew that, didn't we?

I did really enjoy coming back to Harry's world, and despite the 2 1/2 month gap between finishing Dead Beat and starting Proven Guilty, I picked up right where I left
Jul 10, 2015 Jilly rated it really liked it
Sometimes I get tired of being the guy who is supposed to deal with un-deal-withable situations.

(I just found another reason I like Harry - his penchant for making up his own words. That's totally my thing! I find that adding an -ness and -ish to words that shouldn't have them is helpful.)

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In this exciting episode, Harry is assigned to find out information from the Fae courts, who is practicing black magic, and catch the person or thing responsible for sending out creepy monsters th
Sep 25, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
The eighth novel in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files centers around scary things happening at a horror covention--and no, I don't just mean the con-funk from devotees who don't bathe for several days.

Harry is pulled into an investigation of strange monsters attacking people around town, all of it centering at the local horror convention. The setting allows Butcher to lovingly poke fun at fan conventions but also to pay homage to them.

Before you know it, Harry's on the track of greater conspiracies
May 17, 2015 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This was a disappointing entry after the outstanding last novel, Dead Beat (a series high), where the main plot didn't get its grips into me at all and it was only at the end where things went back to the usual high standards of the series.

Don't get me wrong, this was business as usual in the Dresden world; fighting demonic factions, a humorous setting for grizzly murders, sexual tension with Harry and Murphy on the intimacy merry go round, Bob and Mouse for some light relief and heroic acti
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 08, 2015 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
The horror convention setting was great fun, and I enjoyed watching Harry adjust to his new role as Warden because doing the right thing, and enforcing the laws of magic aren't always synonymous, and a bit of tough love ensues. Charity opened up some as a character which brought on a few interesting new developments, although whether Molly Carpenter will add any value to this universe is still up in the air. I see potential, but another male Urban Fantasy author whom I'm a fan of attempted somet ...more
Duchess Nicole
Dec 24, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fans of urban fantasy
5 Stars!

I've enjoyed every single Dresden Files book that I've listened to so far. There's so much to be said for the voice of James Marsters continuing to do the voice of Harry. He is my Harry Dresden now, and I don't think reading this series would give me the same feel as the audio has done. Each book gets better and better, and this is my first five star read of the series.

The White Council and Harry, while both supposedly batting for the same team, have always butted heads. Harry's unconve
David Sven
I'm guessing anyone who's gotten to book 8 of this series is already a hard core Dresden fan and it gets harder to criticize the small stuff. I mean, it's got Harry Dresden in it - and James Marster is the narrator. Nuff said. But compared to the last book this fell a little flat for me.

I think part of it is that there is no real antagonist/arch enemy in the plot. Sure, there is a lot of bad stuff happening. There's black magic in town and as a Regional Commander in the Wardens it's Harry's job
Feb 09, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am devouring Jim Butcher's 'Dresden Files' series. These are fun. They are like dessert, worthy of devouring. I love Harry. He is such a great character and he has dog named Mouse, so he gets extra points. I also enjoyed Michael and Charity in this one. I love the balance in the different personalities. They are all so different. Plus, for the reoccurring characters, they seem to be evolving with each book.

This book moved at a fast pace. Something was always happening. I would say that the tw
Feb 23, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
Harry Dresden, now a reluctant warden for the White Council, has to find out who is practicing black magic in his town of Chicago. At the same time the Council wants him to talk to the Sidhe regarding their lack of action against the Red vamps.

Jim Butcher knows what works. He keeps the stories interesting in each installment and the characters fresh. Harry is a constant throughout as the MC but his supporting cast is switched up a little each time. In Proven Guilty Harry is joined by his brother
Executive Summary: While not as good as the previous book, Dead Beat, it's still another enjoyable entry to the series.

Audio book: Nothing of particular note in this novel. There weren't any stand out voices/characters worth mentioning. James Marsters does a great job with the audio, and seems really comfortable with the series now.

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NOTE: This review contains some (mostly minor) spoilers from previous novels, as it's hard to talk about the later books in the series without proper con
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Xara Niouraki
Sep 01, 2014 Xara Niouraki rated it liked it
Contains spoilers

Another classic Dresden book that I couldn't put down until it was finished.

Why only three stars? The book gave me the impression that it foreshadows future events in the next books. I think that this book and the previous one were written to help Dresden get together with his group of friends/relatives/apprentice. After 8 books I'm ready for something major to happen. I hope the plot moves forward more quickly in the next books.

I loved the fact that Dresden has an apprentice n
Oct 27, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I know I've been crushing on the Dresden Files like some tween consumed by Bieber fever, but I gotta say that this series continues to travel the road from freaking fabulous to downright brilliant! Proven Guilty had me at hello. Srsly. Butcher keeps expanding Harry's universe in measured, dazzlingly smart and subtle ways, which allow the reader to ease into this fantastical world like someone shoving Alice aside to step directly through the looking glass. I'm such an admirer of the length and ...more
Michael *Windrunner*
The Dresden Files is by far my favorite series by Jim Butcher. This installment was a lot of fun for me. Objectively it is probably only 4 stars and some of the other books are probably stronger, but I really liked this one all the same.

I liked seeing Harry act as part of the White Council and I liked that some things that needed resolving got resolved or at least put on a more stable path.
Apr 28, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, audiobooks
Though not quite as thoroughly riveting as the preceding entry, Dead Beat, this is an entertaining and ultimately important entry in the Dresden Files. More is learned about multiple members of the Carpenter family. A major new character is established. Harry's life changes in more than one way as a result of the circumstances in this story.

The mystery that sets things in motion is one of the better ones: A teenage boy is falsely accused of issuing a vicious beating in a restroom where nobody el
Sep 12, 2016 elpida_la_blue rated it liked it
Mediocre compared to those before it.
Feb 09, 2014 Suz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio
This is the best one yet. I have a feeling about where it's going to go with Molly, but it's going to take a while, I'm thinking.

I liked the way he sneaked the next bit for the long arc into the conversation at the end. It didn't feel manipulative like it so often can when it's done this way.

I also like that Butcher's fae are really difficult to like. They are generally not very nice, even when they're being nice. I like it.

Everyone is right, these just get better with every book.

Sep 18, 2015 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
Aww, Molly Carpenter, charming and clueless enters the scene, and Harry Dresden becomes so much more adorable! Now he has a very young and rebellious friend's daughter to deal with and save from trouble.The thing is Harry is not a loner, he is surrounded by more and more people he cares about, and this is exactly what makes him such an engaging and gorgeous character to feel for. Loved this book!
Ben Babcock
Jun 03, 2010 Ben Babcock rated it it was amazing
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Ranting Dragon
Nov 28, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
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Proven Guilty is the eighth book in Jim Butcher’s bestselling The Dresden Files. In book seven, Harry was made a Warden of the White Council, mostly for lack of other qualified candidates. As a Warden, it is Harry’s responsibility to enforce the White Council’s Magical Laws. Of course, Harry’s never been popular among the White Council, so he’s under extra scrutiny during his first official investigation of magic run amok. It doesn’t help that Harry himsel
Jan 03, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I seriously loved this entry in the Dresden series. Everyone told me that if I powered through the first two or three books I would devour the rest, and you guys were so right.

This entry was lower on the solving-a-mystery aspect, and higher on the tensions between the various supernatural races and character development aspects, and that was just fine with me. I actually am guessing that as the books go on, the war between the races will gain prominence and Harry's solving of mysteries will fall
There was so much fun with this book and that was mostly due to the uncomfortable personal issues that Harry had to deal with versus the magical problems.

Thomas has become one of my favorite people, so when he left to strike out on his own I was disappointed. But thankfully as brothers, Thomas wasn't very far away.

I have always like Murphy from the start and really wanted her and Harry to end up together. The talk that the two of them had about "us" in the elevator was classic. Both for what was
Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2013
This story was about Harry being forced to come to grips with the responsibilities of being a Warden. The daughter of his friend Thomas, Molly, comes into her own magical powers without assistance. In an effort to help a friend she accidentally breaks one of the laws of magic - she uses mind control to get her girl friend off of heroin. Harry faces the terrible task of turning her over to the council for judgment, and facing her mother, Charity, down.

While all of this is going down, the war with
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Dresden Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
  • Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
  • Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
  • Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
  • Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
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